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|The Star of the County Down|
I learned "The star of the County Down" from Brian Kelly who in singing it always gave his considerable best. The tune is very beautiful and I find the lyrics delightfully Irish e.g. "Such a coaxing elf, sure I shook myself to see if I was really there". Ah dearie me, where is young Rosie McCann from the banks of the Bann?
This song is well known in Germany and I've heard German lyrics in the Pinökel. I recall on one occasion being asked by a German audience to sing "Bantree (sic) Bay" and couldn't make head nor tail of it until they sang the tune and then it dawned on me that "The Star of the County Down" was meant.
"The Star of the County Down" has been recorded by:
Philip Coulter on "Forgotten Dreams" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
The King's Singers on "Watching the White Wheat" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
The Swingle Singers on "Around The World (A Folk Song Collection)" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
John McCormack on "John McCormack-Song Recital" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s)
John McCormack on "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
Various Artists on "The Best of Ireland"
The Chieftains on "Irish Heartbeat"
Benjamin Luxon on "I love my love"
Various Artists on "An Irish Celebration"
The Evergreens on "The Irish Rover"
Paddy Reilly on "Celtic Collections: Paddy Reilly"
The Likes of Riley on "Kilkenny's Best"
Dominic Kirwan on "Irish Favourites"